Steph Beckett

Carrboro Considering Options for Dilapidated CVS-Owned Building

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen decided unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to move forward with a draft non-residential building ordinance. It would give the town more power over commercial buildings at risk for being a health hazard to the community. Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle says the draft ordinance is especially in reference to one building in town: the CVS-owned building on the corner of North Greensboro and West Weaver Streets. Lavelle says the question she’s asked most by members of the public is about the future of the building. “About once a week, ‘hey what’s going on with that building?...

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Work Continuing on Durham-Orange County Light Rail Amid Budgetary Concerns

GoTriangle is continuing working with local universities, health care institutions, government and the private sector to continue its plans for a Light Rail that would potentially travel between Durham and Orange Counties – even while budgetary concerns remain due to a cap on light rail spending put in place by the General Assembly. After receiving feedback from these partners on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, the organization is researching the possibility of connecting the line to North Carolina Central University. According to preliminary research by GoTriangle, officials say it could be the busiest light rail stop in Durham. Acting...

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Fundraising Effort for Orange County Veterans Memorial Increasing

The site has been chosen, plans are underway and the Veterans Memorial Fundraising Committee has begun efforts to raise money for the new memorial. The memorial will be built off of Homestead Road, in the field adjacent to the Southern Human Services Center. Renee Price is an Orange County Commissioner and committee member. She says she has backed the memorial from the beginning, and now that everything else has been decided, it’s time to start raising money. “I think once people know that something is happening; the momentum is there; it’s real, then they’ll start giving.” The committee presented...

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Chapel Hill Looking at Options to Expand Downtown Parking

For anyone who has visited downtown Chapel Hill, it’s no secret that parking can be a headache. That’s what the Town Council had in mind when discussing the possibility of adding more parking options at Monday’s public hearing. Town Manager Roger Stancil presented the council with options of where more parking could go, how much it would cost and what type of parking the land could yield. He said Chapel Hill should balance parking with other modes of transportation. “It can include transit and bus riders, of course,” he said. “But we also have lots of bicyclists and pedestrians...

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Orange County Board of Commissioners to Hold Public Hearing About Property Revaluations

Every eight years, North Carolina requires all counties to revaluate properties. This establishes a fair market value for all homes in the state. Orange County will conduct property revaluations for the first time since 2009 beginning in January. The Orange County Board of Commissioners held a meeting on September 6, and discussed the plan for the reappraisals. Tonight, the Board will hold a public hearing to discuss the property revaluations in more depth. Dwane Brinson is the director of the Orange County Tax Office. He said the primary goal of any revaluation is to equalize the tax base. “We...

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Chapel Hill Unveils New Cemetery Marker

Members of the Black Student Movement and the UNC Gospel Choir sang out Sunday, honoring the 361 slaves and free African-American people buried in the unmarked graves at the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery. They sang while facing a covered marker. It’s new, and it was revealed Sunday at the “Community Remembrance” ceremony. A first marker was chosen and installed in February by the Cemetery Advisory Board. But it was removed by the town after residents and students complained about how the inscription was worded. Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said this newmarker was a community effort. “We started out...

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Solar Farm Plan Moving Forward in Orange County

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is moving forward with a plan that will allow a solar farm to be built on a 52-acre patch of land off of Highway 70 West. The plan was made by solar energy companies Calvert Energy and ESA Renewables. Calvert Energy CEO Brian Quinlan presented the plan to the board Monday night. Quinlan says the companies need approval of a special permit to allow for the zoning of the solar panels. “It’s been reviewed fairly extensively by both the clearing house at the state level with a variety of different departments here at...

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Motion to Delay Chandler Kania Wrong-Way Fatal Crash Trial Denied Once Again

Local Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour denied the second attempt to delay Chandler Kania’s trial in court Tuesday. The former UNC student is accused of driving the wrong way on I-85 for at least six miles after several hours of drinking last summer. Kania’s Jeep hit another vehicle head-on and killed three of the four passengers. Defense Attorney Russell Babb says Kania’s defense needs more time to hire an expert to fix the audio quality of a North Carolina Highway Patrol interview with Kania after the wreck. “We’ve tried various ways and used our IT people in-house to help...

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Orange County Board of Commissioners Moving Forward with Affordable Housing Plan

Orange County hasn’t had a plan for affordable housing since 2001. Until now. The Orange County Board of Commissioners met Thursday to discuss the strategic plan that was first introduced in April. The Board is moving forward with the plan that will allocate one million dollars to developing one thousand affordable housing units over the next five years for people below the median income level. According to the plan, this will help close the gap for those who need affordable housing, but don’t have it. “When you talk about the gap it can be looked at from many angles and perspectives...

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UNC and Duke Work Together to Develop Tobacco Treatment Program

It’s no secret that the number of people who use tobacco is on the decline. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 17% of Americans smoked cigarettes in 2014. In 1980, 33% of Americans reported smoking. James Davis is a Physician at Duke. He’s also the Medical Director for the Duke Center for Smoking Cessation. He’s one of the doctors behind a new program that aims to make that percentage even lower. “Really the state of NC has needed a program like this for a long time,” Davis said. It’s called the Duke – UNC...

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